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Can you explicitly ask how they want to enter the dates? Then display it to reflect that? e.g. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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For me, I think it'd be best to ask for the date of interest, then select the version based on that. I've done a lot of work on bitemporal databases and found this to be a good approach, although of course it depends on your user's expectations.


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Majo0od's answer is the way I always prefer time-sensitive things to be displayed. It seems weird if something is listed as "[Today's date] [Current time, +3 hours]" if the event is simply 3 hours away, yet I don't want something 14 and a half days from now saying "348 hours from now" either. I'd suggest formatting due dates as Majo0od suggest by default, ...


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Why not use both of those solutions? Facebook does this by how relevant the time is to you such as: A post that was put up today will show: But once the post becomes older, it will do this: So in your case, you could use both depending on how relevant it is. If the due date is a month from now you can go into details: "Do the dishes - Monday, ...



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